Skin care for travelers. Top 10 Tips
Top 10 things you can do to care for your skin while traveling
Backpacking around the world is totally awesome, but not really for your skin. The dramatic changes in climate and the nomadic lifestyle can reck havoc on your skin and age you prematurely if you ignore the largest organ of your body. I have found some ways to organically and affordably treat your skin while you travel, and thought I should share them with you here.
Skin care for travelers
1- Eat foods high in essential vitamins and antioxidants. Foods high in Vitamin E, A, C and which are loaded with antioxidants are great for your delicate skin. You can find a great list of some fantastic foods to eat for a great complexion here.
2- Drink in moderation. Alcohol is a natural diuretic- which simply means that it dehydrates you. It will steal the precious moisture from your skin which can make the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines more dramatic. Drink in moderation and adding a cup of water in between drinks to create a balance is my recommendation.
3- Use coconut or olive oil as a natural moisturizer. When I was traveling through Europe I ran out of my super expensive (but absolutely wonderful and lovely) Sisley Express Flower Gel that I had been using as a moisturizer. I could not get it shipped to Turkey from Amazon, nor could I find it anywhere in Tunisia. This is when I was introduced by a friend to the amazing power of external hydration using olive or coconut oil. At first I thought the excess oil would cause breakouts but am happy to report that it only caused radiant glowing skin! I must admit that I will be getting the flower gel again when I am back in Europe though.
4- Use natural foods for creating a mask. www.peoplecleaner.com has a great recipe that I love to use for stressed out skin. It combines cucumbers, lemons and olive oil – which can be found almost everywhere. Start with the lemon to “peel” away dead skin, follow with the cucumber for soothing your skin, and finish with the olive oil to rehydrate. For the full instructions on how to make this treatment, click here.
5- Hydrate! Drink lots of purified or spring water. Hydration is key to happy healthy skin. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day and more when you exercise or play hard. If you are a traveler like me, you might enjoy having one of these purifiers with you so that you can filter water for free and not only save money, but save the planet from the ever growing plastic bottle trash pile.
6- Use alcohol free baby wipes to cleanse and freshen. During my travels I have tried many face cleaners. It was when I was in Tunisia and could not find a decent face wash in the village I was staying in that I discovered baby wipes. These alcohol free wipes have now become my best friend when it’s time to cleanse or freshen up my skin. Unlike the various cleansers I used to use, these wipes do not dry out my skin, spill in my backpack, or cause breakouts. After finding these and being impressed with the way my skin loved them, I don’t even use commercial face washes anymore. And they are eco friendly as well 🙂
7- Wear sunscreen or use protective clothing to save your skin from the sun. Sun over exposure can cause pre-cancerous and cancerous skin lesions, wrinkles, discolored areas of the skin and can damage the elastic and collagen tissues as well. Using a good sunscreen protective clothing to shield your skin from the sun is a good idea and will slow the appearance of the aging process dramatically.
8- Wash your hands before touching your face. When you travel, your hands are usually in contact with many communal surfaces like public bathroom door handles, train hand holds and more. It is no surprise that your hands will pick up bacteria and the sort that is left behind by other people when touching these things. When you then rub your eyes or nose, or grab a bite to eat, you are transferring this bacteria and gunk right onto the most sensitive place for your body to absorb it which can not only disrupt your skin and cause breakouts, but has the potential to make you sick as well.
9- Don’t smoke. I think we all know why this is a bad idea. Smoking causes premature wrinkles, skin spots and a host of other problems. I have been an on and off smoker for many years and recently bought one of these electronic cigarettes to keep me smoke free. It works and my body is grateful.
10- Manage your stress. When you are a backpacker traveling solo (or a stay at home mom or anyone else for that matter) stress tends to damage your skin. I personally love to meditate, use the consciousness engineering method, and do yoga to manage my stress when it gets out of control. Breathe, relax, daydream and rest your way to healthy skin.
If you have any tips or tricks to keep your skin healthy and glowing while on the road, please use the comment button below and share your thoughts!